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Ports association gathers in E. Kalimantan

The ASEAN Port Association (APA) is holding a meeting in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, on June 23-24, an official with state-owned port operator PT Pelindo IV has said.

“The meeting will be attended by representatives from ASEAN member countries, namely Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and the Philippines,” said Niken Probowati, human resources and general affairs director at Pelindo IV.

According to Niken, the Balikpapan meeting aimed to improve cooperation between the ports of ASEAN member countries. Niken explained that APA had agreed on several joint measures in the past, such as improving human resources quality at the seaports.

In the case of Indonesia, she noted that one of the challenges in developing seaports (especially in the eastern half of the country) was to obtain qualified workers. Another challenge was the gap in productivity between the western and eastern parts of Indonesia, where various products from the western half were shipped to the east, while fewer goods from the east were sent westward.



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